The listening party for Twista’s upcoming seventh solo LP, Category F5, went down at the Capitol Records offices in Manhattan on Monday (June 15), and BallerStatus.com got access.
Industry insiders packed into the label’s offices, grubbed on every New Yorker’s favorite combo — pizza and beer. As most would imagine Twista entered the room to a slew of flashes and greetings from New York’s industry elite and proceeded to introduce his new album.
“I’m dropping an album that we are very confident in, and it’s where I think I should be at in 2009”.
While he sipped on his glass of “special O.J.”, the room was treated to the opening track, “Misunderstood,” which features Buk of Psychodrama. This track set the tone for the album with an aggressive bass-heavy instrumental riding in the background as Twista’s spit with his signature rapid fire, double time flow only comparable to a 1943 Tommy Gun.
“Yellow Light” put Twista in his comfort zone with help of fellow Chi-Town native R. Kelly. This track’s smooth drum pattern and melodic feel gives the album a well rounded R&B track that Twista has no problem rapping over.
The album’s first single “Wetter,” which features Erika Shevon, has peaked at no. 18 on the R&B and Hip-Hop charts, and has been on radio rotation since it’s release. Obviously the soft catchy hook was aimed at the mammary glands of the world, and it will be on every “Let’s Have Sex” mixtape for months to come.
One of the most epic songs on Category F5 has to be the Busta Rhymes-assisted “Billionaire”. It is an up-tempo, club ready heater that is sure to raise birth rates for the winter. The monstrous presence both of these hip-hop heavyweights display will surely make it a track to remember.
“On Top,” another sexually charged anthem, gives Akon the chance to top his raunchy lyrics from the “I Wanna F*** You” days. It’s house-infused sample laid the backbone for the track, while Twista made more references to sexual positions than Dr. Ruth.
Some other notable tracks include “Walking on Ice” featuring Gucci Mane and OJ Da Juiceman, “Gotta Get Me One” featuring the late great Static Major, and “Fire” featuring Lil Boosie. The album features production by The Lengedary Traxster, Chad Beatz, Toxic, and Zaytoven, among other.
Overall the album was a strong, solid effort that will keep Twista’s name relevant until his next album. Although the rapper will always have a task at hand to match up to the success of his platinum selling Kamikaze album, Category 5 is a decent effort.
One thing is for sure, Twista fans won’t be disappointed when the Category F5 Twista hits stores July 14th.